I have been reading the recent editorials with great concern and I feel a need to respond to those perceptions of fact. First I should add, yes, I am a Mendoza supporter, and yes, we all see things differently, depending on where you are standing. Am I committing career suicide by responding? Maybe, but as my parents taught me, when you feel strongly about an issue, stand up and be heard.
I for one am sick of hearing what is wrong with "the department." Many complaints coming from the opponent's supporters. Blame is placed everywhere but at the top. Leadership and accountability begin at the top. When problems exist they should be addressed not only after the fact but preventative measures should be in place before liability grabs hold.
I have been employed by the county of Imperial at the Sheriff's Office for over 20 years. I believe I have a voice in matters affecting not only my department but also my community. I know for a fact several lawsuits exist regarding jail security matters.